Carmon boosts Westerville Central boys
Guard Charles Carmon's 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining lifted the Westerville Central High School boys basketball team to a 42-41 win over visiting Worthington Kilbourne on Jan. 25.
The Warhawks led 27-18 at halftime before the Wolves rallied in the second half and took a late 41-39 lead.
Guard Jalen Malone led Central with 13 points.
Central plays host to Westerville North on Friday, Feb. 1. The Warriors were ranked second in last week's Division I state poll behind Northland, but are coming off their first loss, a 69-63 setback to Brook-haven on Jan. 26 at Capital University.
The Warhawks lost to the Warriors 79-58 on Dec. 21.
"We have a tough closing (schedule) with a few of the stronger teams in the league," Central coach Todd Minney said. "I think we are playing much better basketball than the first half of the season. We still need to eliminate a lot of the turnovers that are so costly to our effectiveness."
Girls team defeats host Kilbourne
The girls team snapped a three-game losing streak with a 43-38 win over host Kilbourne on Jan. 25.
Guard Andrea Hodge scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the second half. Center Emma Stille had eight points, 13 rebounds and four blocks.
"We tried to bring constant defensive pressure to Kilbourne," coach Jamiya Pride said. "We are becoming a bit more consistent on the defensive end. Our goal is to be 'in it to win it' when the last two minutes of the fourth quarter comes. We are becoming more consistent in that. It was a team effort on the defensive and offensive end."